As the rest of England prepares to make it easier to welcome landdown bans over the weekend, the people of Leicester are responding that the news could continue as they did.
The city’s mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, said the government had proposed maintaining the current ban for two more weeks because of the severity of the coronavirus case.
This means pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will have to keep their doors closed for another fortnight.
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Market Tower manager Sarah Gillett said she was inactive to listen, restrictions could be increased and she was asked for clarity as she needed to order a stock of around ity 8,000.
“We wanted to get some workers off the furl [to help clean] Tomorrow and we do not know exactly what to do. We are in a long position.
“If we can’t open, we can’t open, we need to be notified sooner rather than later,” he said.
Margaret Burton, 41, owner of Cafe Embry, said it was rare to be open to just being able to serve takeaways.
He said: “If the government says we have to stay like this for two more weeks – then we have to get rid of the virus.
“But I think the council should give us more proposals [financial] Help if this happens. “
Indy Burmese, owner of Indie Hairdressing, said the phones were ringing non-stop asking what was happening to clients and he was concerned that those holding on to reopen could now just cut or dye their own hair.
“It’s embarrassing that it happened here,” he said.
“Looks like some people didn’t listen to the law. There weren’t incidents in London where there were a lot of people or in Birmingham … it’s a shame.”
Blake Edwards, owner of Flappers and Gentleman Salon, said they planned to reopen by limiting the number of customers wearing masks and keeping employees at PPE.
He said that “if the restrictions are increased” he will be “in the group”, “it would be heartbreaking to tell all the clients that we have to delay”.
The 36-year-old said his salon was fully booked for the next five weeks and they need to know if they will be able to open soon, as people need to be contacted and their appointments returned.
“Yeah if it’s clear from the numbers that we’re going to do that that has grown exponentially – life comes first – then the warrant of what they want to do needs to be strengthened,” he said.
Mr Edwards said the long-term impact on business and city workers was worrying.
He said: “If this continues for a long time, will we have to learn to live with it and lock the answer again?”
Silesh Ghelani, 36, of Ewington, who himself had a “terrible” fight with the coronavirus in March, was the first to say when he heard that a spike had appeared in Leicester. Is safe
“I’m relieved they’re not talking about going to a tough lockdown,” he said.
“But if it extends a few weeks, we’ve been spending so many days, a few weeks won’t make much of a difference.”
Amdad Rahman, a 53-year-old taxi driver from Evington, said it would be difficult to raise the ban at the moment, saying “work is too slow” and he hoped the reopening of the pub would improve the situation.
“The data is worrisome, especially when it comes to hearing in my region, but it may be a bit old, so we need to know about the situation.
“But for better or worse, we have to accept it. It’s for our protection,” he said.
Market worker Stephen Paulie, 5, who is wearing the Leicester City mask made for him by a friend, believes the increase in lawsuits is due to the racial mix in the city.
“It’s crazy [that we are potentially going to have a longer lockdown]. And it’s scary, ”he said.
“I cut my hair, waited to go to restaurants. Missing seeing friends, I haven’t seen in a while.”
“I can’t believe Leicester is worse than the more populous cities,” said Portsey, 42, owner of TG Portas Fruit in the market and in Lights.
“We were open all the time as a necessary food business but it was really difficult for the business. The High Street seems to be dying around us.
“It felt good to feel like it had become somewhat normal, but there was no need to stop it if it spread within the community.”